Budget Session: Opposition boycotts RS alleging Chairman did not allow them to raise issues

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New Delhi, Feb 6: Debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s address continued in Parliament on Tuesday.

However, both the houses of the Parliament adjourned just a little while after the proceedings had begun.

As the Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm after Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu rejected adjournment motions brought by parties such as Trinamool Congress, Akali Dal, and Telugu Desam.

While the Lok Sabha adjourned briefly following protest by members of BJP ally TDP and YSR Congress over budget allocation to Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018.

The session began on a tumultuous note, with TMC members staging a protest outside the house over rising fuel prices.

Later in a day, Leader of Opposition (LOP) Ghulam Nabi Azad told media opposition parties have decided to boycott Rajya Sabha for the day alleging that the RS Chairman did not allow them to speak and raise issues.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued whip to its Lok Sabha MPs to remain present in the Parliament on February 7 and 8, the Indian Express reported.

Lok Sabha

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge listed issues of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh. Treasury Benches seek to drown his voice with slogans.

He lauded the central government for passing of the Benami Act and reform measures like demonetisation.

BJP MP from Dharwad (Karnataka) Prahlad Joshi seconds the motion moved by Rakesh Singh.

For the first time, more than 1,300 Muslim women undertook  Haj yatra without a male support this year. The government has brought a legislation to ban instant triple talaq, Singh said.

Rakesh Singh, BJP MP from Jabalpur, talked about Ujjwala scheme, Atal incumbation centre and infrastructure amid sloganeering, appealed Opposition to come forward and discuss development.

Followed by Zero Hour, the house continued debate on Motion to thank the President’s address.

After this discussion shifted on Housing and Urban Development, Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said by 2022 every citizen will be able to have a house of his/her own through Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Joining the debate, Dhruvanarayana, Karnataka MP, suggested that the fund should be allocated based on the population.

The Minister explains the grant is processed based on requirements raised by the State.

Why less grant to Bihar for SC scholarship, asks a BJP member from Bihar. He points out that in certain schemes such as scholarship for post-graduate SC students, the grant is nil.

Responding to this Thaawar Chand Gahlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment said the allocation is actually higher than previous years.

BJD MP from Odisha, Kulamani Samal asked about reduction in allocation in funds for SC welfare schemes.

The lower house reconvened amid sloganeering.

Later, Opposition MPs created a ruckus over ceasefire violation in Kashmir region, which resulted adjournment of the house for 10 minutes.

Proceedings began with Question Hour. MoS Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir replied to questions pertaining to Central Armed Police Forces.

Rajya Sabha 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the Parliament that “Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister had written about a funding from NABARD. The funding would reduce the borrowing pace. I think a solution by which the amount will be given without an issue can be worked out. The amount will be the same”, the Hindu quoted.

When the session reconvened, AIADMK MP from Tamil Nadu, Vijila Satyanath started the motion of thanks for President’s address.

In the meantime, Leader of Opposition (LOP) Ghulam Nabi Azad told media that opposition parties have decided to boycott Rajya Sabha for the day alleging that the RS Chairman did not allow them to speak and raise issues.

Minutes after proceedings started, the house adjourned till 3 p.m  following an uproar by the opposition over their voice being “muzzled” in the House.

The Chairman then adjourned the house till 2 p.m.

Naidu asked the TMC leader not to raise the issue of the Governor in the House but O’Brian continued with his remarks.

As TMC’s notice was rejected, party member Derek O’Brian opposed the move. He was heard asking how a Governor can interfere in an elected government’s work.

Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu rejected adjournment motions brought by parties such as Trinamool Congress, Akali Dal, and Telugu Desam.

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